New Mexico Aboveground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Mexico Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Adoption of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes: 10.25.7 New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC)

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Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): 20.5.1 to 20.5.19 NMAC

Definition: 20.5.1.7(A) NMAC

Registration: 20.5.2.8 to 20.5.2.15 NMAC

Performance standards: 20.5.4.16 to 20.5.4.26 NMAC

Secondary Containment: 20.5.4.27 to 20.5.4.35 NMAC

Spill and overfill: 20.5.4.33 NMAC

Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan: 20.5.5.9 NMAC

Installer certification: 20.5.14.9 NMAC and 20.5.14.20 NMAC

Operator training: 20.5.18 NMAC

Releases: 20.5.7.1 to 20.5.7.11 NMAC

Financial responsibility: 20.5.9.903 NMAC

Cleanup fund: 20.5.17 NMAC

Closure: 20.5.8 NMAC

Regulatory Agencies

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Environmental Protection Division Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau (PSTB)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

PSTB District Offices

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. New Mexico's petroleum storage tank regulations govern both aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and underground storage tanks (USTs) and are therefore stricter than federal rules. New Mexico requires a written plan that is specific to each petroleum storage tank facility. In addition, the state’s fire code requires approval from the state fire marshal to install any new AST system.

It is important to determine the existence of any permitting requirements of a local ordinance that incorporates provisions of national and state fire and building codes. At a minimum, most ASTs need to meet state and local fire codes, which usually have some mix of construction, installation, operation, and maintenance requirements that are intended to prevent fires and other hazards that can ...


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New Mexico Aboveground Storage Tanks Resources

Type Title
Checklists Tank In-Service Inspection Checklist
Forms UST/AST Registration
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